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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
How to Make an Antihistamine Balm
for Natural Allergy Relief
It’s beneficial to use a balm rather than an oil alone for a few reasons. First, it’s important to dilute your essential oils for safety. Second, by adding nourishing oils like coconut oil and sweet almond oil with beeswax, the effect will last much longer because the oils can’t evaporate so quickly.
This antihistamine balm recipe is one we can all use for natural allergy relief from time to time, and it can be used for relief of seasonal allergies, sinus issues, nasal congestion, eye and throat irritation, allergies in general or to apply to bites, stings or rashes.
1.5ouncesbeeswax pastilles or chopped beeswax bars (locally sourced is great for your allergies if you find it)
2teaspoonssweet almond oilor your favorite carrier oil like jojoba oil or olive oil
10dropslemon essential oil
10dropslavender essential oil
10dropspeppermint essential oil
6dropsfrankincense essential oil
2-4 small balm containers with lids (I used 2-ounce sized jars in the photos and I got 2 full jars out of this recipe)
Using a double boiler, fill the bottom half of the pot about 2/3 full of water and start it over low to medium heat. Measure out your beeswax and put it into the top half over the water. It is best to heat it slowly, so you don’t burn or overheat the wax, which will protect the properties of it. If it burns, you will lose those great benefits. Next, have your coconut oil measured out and ready. If it has solidified and is hard to scoop out and measure, pop it in a bowl of hot water to soften it up. Once the beeswax is fully melted and there are no yellow lumps remaining, stir in the coconut oil and the sweet almond oil. Let them melt together with the beeswax. Once they are mixed together and clear, you can remove the pan from the heat and add the essential oils. All of these oils are a thin consistency, even the frankincense, which comes from a resin, so be cautious when dropping them in. It is super easy to have them get away from you and end up with twice the drops you needed. Now, stir in the oils well to disperse in the balm base. Pour the mixture into your containers, which you lined up earlier. Take it slowly and leave just a slight gap at the top of the container. At this point, they need to rest on a counter top at room temperature to cool off. Best thing to do is not to move them, so that they don’t spill, and the top will solidify smoothly. After about 30 to 45 minutes, they will likely be cooled off all the way, but this will depend on the container you used too. Check to see by feeling the bottom center of the container. If it is warm still, give them awhile longer. If you put the lids on too soon, moisture will form inside the lid after you close it and you don’t want that. Once they are cooled off totally, put your lids on and make up some cute labels if you’d like.These make awesome gifts for so many occasions!